1.4 Million Meals for our Tennessee Neighbors

Mar 16, 2023Community Engagement, Employee, Florida, Giving Back, Idealease, News, Tennessee, Trucking

Feed America First’s Dancing with the Nashville Stars Recap

In case you missed it – Last month, Calleigh Minor participated in the Feed America First “Dancing with the Nashville Stars” dance competition and fundraiser.

Feed America First is a faith-based, 501(c)3 hunger relief organization based out of Murfreesboro, TN. Their mission is provide food to those who feed the hungry. They receive large-scale food donations from manufacturers, retailers, etc. and with the help of hundreds of volunteers every month, they divide and distribute the food to about 200 partner agencies (food pantries, shelters, etc.) throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Every month, they distribute over 1,000,000 lbs. of food and help feed 35,000 families!

Dancing with the Nashville Stars is Feed America First’s Annual Fundraiser and Cumberland customers and employees helped Calleigh raise over $91,000 through the event, which equates to 1.4 million meals for those in need.

Calleigh worked hard on her routine and and won the technical portion of the competition – and the icing on the cake was also being the top fundraiser! Every $1 raised provides food for over 15 meals.

Feed America First says, “We are in absolute awe of the success of Dancing With The Nashville Stars on Thursday night! Presented by Kemp and Rice Orthodontics and Legacy Tree Foundation, a sold-out room fiercely cheered our our 5 celebrity dancers: Nancy Amons, Matt Brown, Rafael Calderon, Kelly Meyers, and Calleigh Minor – and in total, raised enough funds to provide OVER 4 MILLION MEALS for our neighbors in need across the region! We are so incredibly grateful for our celebrity dancers and all the hard work they put into this event over the past few months. But the coveted mirrored ball trophy – awarded to the top fundraiser of the competition – could only go home with the grand champion: Calleigh Minor, who raised a jaw-dropping 1.4 MILLION MEALS! This makes Calleigh our top regular-season fundraiser of all time! Congratulations Calleigh, it was a well deserved win and your efforts will have a lasting legacy on hunger relief! Congratulations to ALL our dancers – you are all winners! More info and pictures coming soon!”

Calleigh has expressed heartfelt thanks an appreciation for everyone who supported her in this effort, “Thank you for donating, voting and cheering me on. Every dollar makes a difference and we couldn’t have raised $91,000 without your help.

It’s an honor and blessing to be able to contribute to such a worthy organization and have such an impact. And we know our we could not have had this impact without you.

Customer takes picture with sales manager, Steve Jenkins at Cumberland Orlando
Customer takes picture with sales manager, Steve Jenkins at Cumberland Orlando